So . . . Homeruns are the sole metric for measuring firstbasemen? Does the .265 average do it for you as well? .840 OPS? 97 strikeouts? His numbers are remarkably average right now and in many respects he's having one of his best years. Do we count on that to continue? Werth = Adam Dunn style resurgence? Stras -> Lannan?
We're in a virtual tie with the Reds, the Dodgers slumped when Kemp went out but he's back and they've added players and THEY SWEPT US earlier this year without these added parts. The Giants only needed some offense, they got it, the Pirates who have been the model of inefficiency for 15 years even went out and improved when the recognized that they had a chance to contend.
You can call anyone you want "streaky" but the Reds have caught us and the Pirates and Braves aren't that far behind.
The .265 average isn't horrendous for LaRoche. Look at the Dodgers first baseman FFS. James freaking Loney who is horrible. My point is you look for run production out of your 1B, and I'm pretty damn sure LaRoche has produced more than just about any other 1B in the National league.
Losing Strasburg and inserting Lannan, obviously is a downgrade. But let's be honest...Strasburg to anyone is a downgrade. And I'm not sure why you're laughing at the thought that Jayson Werth was on track to have a big comeback year. I guess you missed the first month or so, where he was looking like his 2010 self. It's not a ludicrous thought.
You can laugh all you want, but I'll continue to laugh at you for freaking out, while I enjoy watching the 2012 Washington Nationals win the National League East.